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Transitioning from Player to Coach

Moving from individual contributor to manager is very similar to moving from a player to a coach. While the manager title might be the…
Transitioning from Player to Coach

Moving from individual contributor to manager is very similar to moving from a player to a coach. While the manager title might be the same, only slightly elevated, for example from Senior PM to Principal PM , the job is actually quite different. To that end, the following questions come in handy for the coaching part of the new job. Some of these are handy go-tos for me when having a coaching conversation whether with a mentee or employee. In fact, I’ve tried to ask myself these questions on occasion, especially #3 #4 &#6, for some self-coaching magic…

  1. “What’s on your mind?”
  2. “And what else?”
  3. “What’s the real challenge here for you?”
  4. “What do you want?”
  5. “How can I help?”
  6. “If you’re saying yes to this, what are you saying no to?”
  7. “What was most useful for you?”

Some of these came from The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier. Worth checking out for more detail. What other questions do you ask as a coach/ manager?